“Great fun – fast moving and inventive”

The Train To Impossible Places

Book 1 of The Train to Impossible Places Adventures

Published October 2018 | Formats: Hardback, paperback, e-book, audiobook

  • Shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2019
  • Shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award 2019
  • Selected for the Summer Reading Challenge 2019

When Suzy hears a strange rattling noise in the middle of the night, she creeps downstairs to find a train roaring through her house. But this is no ordinary train. This is the magical delivery express for the Union of Impossible Places.

Whisked on board by a troll-boy called Wilmot, Suzy’s world is turned upside down when she’s given the job of delivering a cursed package to the fearsome sorceress, Lady Crepuscula. Except when the mysterious package begs not to be delivered, Suzy discovers the fate of the Impossible Places might just be in her hands…

Praise for The Train To Impossible Places

“Bursting with influences, particularly Douglas Adams and Terry Pratchett, but has a crazy, pacy charm all its own.”

The Guardian

“Rollicking entertainment.”

The Sunday Times

“All aboard for an adventure like no other — readers will be delighted to learn it’s just the first.”

Kirkus - starred review

“Endlessly imaginative, highly inventive world-building and a plot every bit as unpredictable as the train itself.”

The Bookseller

“This roller-coaster of a book is pacey, fun, and full of lots of fantastical new ideas.”


“A harum-scarum fantasy adventure crammed with quirky action.”

The Observer

“An exciting, imaginative, wild ride of a story that never lets up for a minute”

Robin Stevens, author of Murder Most Unladylike

“Great fun – fast moving and inventive”

Philip Reeve, author of Mortal Engines
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